EXCURSION 2014

AMANI ORIENTAL FESTIVAL

Seville -Spain

 

  DATES EARLY BIRD Fees ( per person) till 30 April) Regular Fees (per person)
GRANADA Monday 23 June 2014 100€ (lunch includes)

Limited places

110€ (lunch includes)

Limited places

Price per person. IVA includes. Private English language guided tour ( entries fees include ) , full lunch, private bus  from  Seville to Granada and vs

 

LIMITED PLACES !! Get the chance to visit one of the most beautiful monument of the world at a very competitive price !! 100/110€ ONLY , lunch includes . Normally it is offered by tour operators for 120/125€ without lunch !!

CORDOBA Tuesday 24 June 2014 90€  (lunch includes) 90€  (lunch includes)
Price per person. IVA includes. Private English language guided tour ( entries fees include ) , full lunch, private bus  from  Seville to CORDOBA and vs

 

Get the chance to visit one of the most beautiful monument of the world at a  competitive price !! 90€ ONLY , lunch includes . Normally it is offered by tour operators for 90€ without lunch !!

 

GRANADA

           

The history of the Alhambra is linked with the geographical place where it is located: Granada. On a rocky hill that is difficult to access, on the banks of the River Darro, protected by mountains and surrounded by woods, among the oldest quarters in the city, the Alhambra rises up like an imposing castle with reddish tones in its ramparts that prevent the outside world from seeing the delicate beauty they enclose.

Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of royalty and of the court of Granada in the middle of the thirteenth century, after the establishment of the Nasrid kingdom and the construction of the first palace, by the founder king Mohammed ibn Yusuf ben Nasr, better known as Alhamar.

Throughout the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the fortress became a citadel with high ramparts and defensive towers, which house two main areas: the military area, or Alcazaba, the barracks of the royal guard, and the medina or court city, the location of the famous Nasrid Palaces and the remains of the houses of noblemen and plebeians who lived there. The Charles V Palace (which was built after the city was taken by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492) is also in the medina.

The complex of monuments also has an independent palace opposite the Alhambra, surrounded by orchards and gardens, which was where the Granadine kings relaxed: the Generalife.

 


 

FOR MORE: ( oopy paste the link)

http://www.alhambra.org/eng/

index.asp?secc=/alhambra/

history_alhambra  

 

 

 

 

CORDOBA

 

The Mezquita dates back to the 10th century when Córdoba reached its zenith under a new emir, Abd ar-Rahman 111 who was one of the great rulers of Islamic history. At this time Córdoba was the largest, most prosperous cities of Europe, outshining Byzantium and Baghdad in science, culture and the arts. The development of the Great Mosque paralleled these new heights of splendour.
Today the Mezquita as it is known can be visited throughout the year for 6 Euro entrance fee. The approach is via the Patio de los Naranjos, a classic Islamic ablutions courtyard which preserves both its orange trees and fountains. When the mosque was used for Moslem prayer, all nineteen naves were open to this courtyard allowing the rows of interior columns to appear like an extension of the tree with brilliant shafts of sunlight filtering through
 

ARCHES & PILLARS

A first glimpse is immensely exciting. Jan Morris described it as "so near the desert in its tentlike forest of supporting pillars." The architect introduced another, horseshoe-shaped arch above the lower pillars. A second and purely aesthetic innovation was to alternate brick and stone in the arches, creating the red and white striped pattern which gives a unity and distinctive character to the whole design. There are more than 850 coloured granite jasper and marble pillars in total. Sunlight streams in from windows in the four cupolas creating interesting effects combined with artificial light from the thousands of small oil lights.


THE MIHRAB
This traditionally had two functions in Islamic worship, first it indicated the direction of Mecca (therefore prayer) and it also amplified the words of the Imam, the prayer leader. At Cordóba it is particularly magnificent. The shell-shaped ceiling is carved from a single block of marble and the chambers on either side are decorated with exquisite Byzantine mosaics of gold. The worn flagstones indicate where pilgrims crouched on their knees. The Cordoba Mosque Mihrab looks south in the same way as the Damascus mosque and not south east in the direction of Mecca.
 

 

 

 

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